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BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced $10 million in funds dedicated for a project to alleviate severe erosion along the canals that run through Southern University Baton Rouge campus to the Mississippi River. The erosion, exacerbated by failed drainage structures, is impacting critical infrastructure and utilities on campus resulting in safety concerns and challenges to the day to day operation of the university. In June, the governor toured damages on campus caused by the erosion including a temporary bridge and a partially collapsed road.

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BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards participated in the first statewide symposium aimed at bringing together key leaders and stakeholders to end human trafficking in Louisiana.

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BATON ROUGE  Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.

Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board
The Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board serves to defend the public health, safety and welfare by protecting the people of the State of Louisiana against unnecessary deaths and morbidity due to trauma and time-sensitive illness.

 

Today, President Donald Trump approved Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Federal Emergency Declaration request for Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, and Vermillion Parishes and ordered Federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Harvey beginning on Aug. 27, 2017, and continuing.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards is accusing a Baton Rouge congressman of spreading myths about flood recovery money and leading a partisan effort that could harm Louisiana's long-term rebuilding.

The Democratic governor's office released a memo Thursday saying Republican U.S. Rep. Garret Graves "can no longer be trusted" to convey accurate information about Louisiana's recovery from last year's flooding.

The memo came a day after Edwards attended a congressional hearing in which GOP members of Congress, including Graves, blasted Louisiana's response to the floods.

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A chemical manufacturer is moving its headquarters from Houston to Lake Charles.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Lotte Chemical USA announced Thursday its headquarters will be located with its $1.1 billion chemical plant under construction in the city.

 

The two facilities will create 130 new jobs with an average annual salary of more than $80,000 plus benefits, according to the governor's office. Fifty of the jobs are tied to the headquarters move. The plant is expected to start operations in 2019.

 

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Louisiana lawmakers, struggling with budget shortfalls, are again looking to restructure the TOPS college tuition program to lessen costs.

 

Proposals include boosting the grade point average required to get the award or steering more of the money to needy students. Another measure would require students who receive TOPS to work in Louisiana after college or repay some money spent on their tuition.

 

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Gov. John Bel Edwards is returning to Washington to talk about last year's massive flooding in south Louisiana.

Edwards will testify Wednesday morning before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The committee is holding a hearing on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response to the August floods that hit the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas.

The Democratic governor's office says Edwards plans to talk about where the federal government's response has been helpful to the state and where federal regulations have slowed recovery efforts.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards is backing legislative proposals aimed at reducing opioid deaths in Louisiana.

 

The governor's office announced Tuesday that Edwards supports legislation to limit first-time prescriptions of opioids for acute pain to a seven-day supply for adults, with some exceptions.

The measure by New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno and River Ridge Rep. Kirk Talbot also would restrict all acute pain prescriptions of opioids for children to seven days.

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